Jack of all trades....
....and master of none, comes to mind. On past record, it might wll be true
246 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007
....and master of none, comes to mind. On past record, it might wll be true
It would appear to me that Mr Dabbs is approaching this problem from the wrong direction. It is obviuos that the problem is that his wife is incompatible with the system. Therefore, he needs to upgrade his wife or to exchange his present wife wirh one that has a different set of working parameters. Say, in the estate agency field, or accountancy, where the software is a popular is more up to date with demand.
I had an engineer call about a year ago. He replaced everything from the pole (It's overhead round here). Which he said was in very bad shape. It didn't improve matters though. I got the impression that the recent caller did not want to do the job, so declared the line OK. I suggested that all he had to do was to connect me, at the cabinet to a spare pair, and again at the exchange. Which would have only left the cabinet to the pole to be faulty. That had been replaced when they fitted new poles a few years back,. So should have been OK.
In my area, with a great fanfare, BT announced that my local exchange had been equipped with fibre. I hop[efully waited for the follow-up, the extension of the fibre to the cabinets. And waited, and waited, and waited. Finally I asked a BT engineer, who had come to check an ADSL line noise problemwhy the fibre had not been taken to the cabinet "Oh, that could be months or years away. Ypou're rural. They'll do all the city, town and urban before they get to you". I did manage to get to the marketing manager for Superfast, but was nicely fobbed off with zero content information.
And did the engineer fix the problem? Did he hell. He spent 45 minutes on the job. Twenty of which was driving off to find a mobile signal (I'm rural, yuo know). Before saying "the line checks out ok. There's nothing I can do. "I npointed out that it was interrmittent noise. But enough to bring my system to it's knees (Think 0.1 Mb/s). I showed him the records of line speed. Not interested. "Call us out again, when you have a problem" Why? After threading the hierarchy, dodging the threats that they might charge me for the visit, and then wait a week for someone to call.
So we're going to see a vast dimunition of the hordes of crime lords, and such, being daily dragged before the couts. What crime lords, and such, I hear you say. So, shortly, the list of hospitals, libraries, schools, homes for the aged, will be swelled with the closure of prisons, too.
No, I didn't like it. When it first came up, I thought my screen settings had gone haywire. Try as I might, I couldn't get it to look nice. And still can't No, no, no, no, Vulture If you MUST change things, make them better, not worse. Now where have I said that before?
But, surely, all the factors used in assessing the mass are all similarly undefined, or defined by statutory standards.
I can't see anything wrong with this. Committees are a waste of time. So why not waste your time in doing something pleasant? Imstead of merely gazing at the wall opposite?
Firefox, I;ve found, is one of those things which used to be nice. But now is not. It has so many things I dislike. I spend my time in either getting rid, or finding how to get back. Like the back button that takes you, willy-nilly to a Google search page. So to go back one page back, it's two pages back and one page forward. Why? Another is the crowding of super-thumb images of old pages on a new tab. Why? . It serves no useful purpose. There are many others. I've not abandoned Firefox. I've merely ditched the latest and gone back to Ver 27, when things were much saner.
And there was I thinking that the test was to establish whether or not you had due competence in driving a car in all circumstances, with you mind totally concentrated on what was happening on the road.
As I recollect, the sequal book was pretty disappointing, too. But still, there wasn't much of the original book in the film, so I don't suppose ther'll be much of the original sequence in the second film, either.
It's all very well telling us about percentages and such. But how about telling us WHICH apps are suspect?
Anything in there for us Linux users? Mine has not shifted from the rather stark setup since shortly after the startup.
It figures. I've only visited McDonalds twice. The first time I couldn't believe how bad the food and drink were. The second time I did believe. There was no need for a third time.
If only we could find robots to do the work of these "researchers", I for one would believe their reports. What a load of rubbish comes out of academia.
And we paid for this research?
Since most people now have non-jobs, I suppose you could do it on a smart phone. It sounds a bit like the old quote (They toil not, neither do they spin, but Solomon in all his glory was not clad as one of these). Or a variation of the joke about the two men marooned on a desert island for five years. When rescued, they were both millionaires from selling each other palm leaf hats. Nowadays, they'd be millioaires from expenses, going to each others meetings.
I see no heatwave. Here in North Wales, we did have a short warm spell, it lasted less than a week. At that the temperature only twice reached 22 and that for only about an hour each side of midday
I used to get three or four calls a day, despite being on the TPS list. I recently bought a cheap call barring box from A...n, and the problem is done. It's set to reject "caller number withheld" and International calls. The odd one that slips by, I simply press the red button and it's gone, never to return. From three or four a day, it's gone to three calls over the last two months. Added to which, I've stopped using the landline for outgoing calls at 12p/min, and gone to mobile at 3p/min. It's never an ill wind.
And Mosaic, before it. It was my first foray into the 'net, with Demons ten quid a month dial-up. There wasn't a lot to see, in those days. But, by 'eck it were nice.
One of the things that draws me to Linux, and to Unix before that, was it's elegance and versatility. To a large extent to its sensible total separation of the user and machine functions, in contrast with MS, where everything is lumped together in a disorderly mish mash. Again, one of it's best features was it's ability to read and write to any other filing system. The way MS gained a lot of its supremacy was to totally ignore everyone else and insist you use their stuff. As with word processors. When they got sorted out most would read and write in others formats. Not MS. Use ours or go away. Having got the edge, they could lever out all the rest. I recently bought an Android device and was horrified to note that they seem to have dropped the elegance and reverted to the mish mash system. No doubt some will say otherwise, but that's how it looks to me
You have to admire the brilliance of a man that while dead can contribute to the design of a phone that adjusts itself to the shape of your pocket. Well worth a patent application, I'd say. Mind you, I have a handkerchief that does that. Prior art, perhaps.
Buyers are like busses. There's always another one coming along, later. Next time you see the seller, it'll be a different 'phone.
There isn't really anywhere on the human body where a flat slab like an iPhone can be accomodated. Certainly not around the hips area. We should take a leaf out of James Bond's book and wear shoulder holsters. Tucked under the arm is about the safest place to be against being bernt and bashed against things. Just the place for a quick draw. In the wrong company, however, it might get you shot.
I don't think it's the kind of problem they can solve with a recall. The problem is with the basic design and choice of materials. Only a start again from scratch will solve this one. Unless of course, they issue everyone with the sort of vinyl covered steel snap case that they used to hold reading glasses.
Not in reality, perhaps, but Frederick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth wrote a book, in 1955, called Gladiator at Law, which exactly spelled out the process of Sub Prime mortgages., and the subsequent collapse of the economy, to the point of bread and circuses. So fifty, odd, years on we are nowhere towards a 'fix'
As a VERY long term motorcycle rider, I can't think of almost any device which could more PROMOTE accidents than this, which adds unwanted distractions to something which needs 110% attention, at all times.
I live at the not excessive height of 1000 feet above sea level, and my water does not boils at 100C, but about a degree and a half below. So A kettle set at 100C would never stop boiling. Having said that, I make my tea in a filter coffee maker, and it makes a grand cup of tea. The boiling water, and it is boiling, sets up a standing pool in the filter, before percalating through. The filter (the mesh type) is fine enough to filter out all the dust, which modern loose tea seems to be infested with, To leave a lovely clear brew, which does not change with standing. The keep hot function will keep it at drinking temperature for about an hour. I did once complain to the tea company about the amount of dust in the tea. Something that was once filtered out at source, and made into tea bricks for those who appreciate such. I was fed the usual rubbish, and eventually gave up. Try the coffe maker route and I'm sure you'll be impressed.
It's not April the first, is it? I thought the "talk to each other" idea went out with CB radio
Strictly speaking, there ought to be three tongues in the plug. A central one a quarter of the slot width thick, with contacts on both sides, and two outer ones also a quarter of the slot width thick, which are capable of sliding back. On insertion, the tongue in the socket pushes one of the outer tongues back, while the other supports the centre tongue so that it doesn't bend down like a diving board. Complicated.
How you're going to get the van up to 30,000 metres. A long take off, perhaps and one of those jump jet ramps?
Rather an odd choice. It's the usual business practice to develop where the skills are and to produce where the labour costs are lowest, then sell where the price is highest. Isn't this situation somehow against the laws of Thermodynamics? Perhaps the magic word 'subsidies' and the other magic word, 'tax holidays' might have something to do with the decision.
Since a truly random number generator seems to be at the bottom of the problem, why has someone not used the most widespread random event of radioactivity to provide the input. You do not even need a radioactive source. natural radioactivity is enough. A narrow angle detector detects events, a timer ascertains the interval between events and creates a number determined by the interval. You can go on for as long as you like to creates a multi digit number which is truly random.
There's an old saying, which is probably not that old, that the intelligence of a committee is the intelligence of it's dimmest member, and since MS is prone to design by committee, you get this result.
So Apple have re-invented the milk bottle, the coke bottle and whatever else. So much for prior art.
Except for the fact that it's quoted in percentage terms. I'd incline to attribute it to the fact that anyone with any intelligence leaves the set switched off because of the paucity of any programmes worth switching it on for. Perhaps it's the witless lot that are more tolerant of swearing, etc.
If the things cannot be broken down into component parts for re-cycling, why the large 'Do not bin' sybol on the back?
Does this mean that we're all going to be permanently in the dark?
A couple of points. The canard will not return to a neutral point if a link snaps. It will move to a point of least drag, relative to the direction the rest of the aircaft is travelling. Of course the two will vey quickly be the same as the craft goes into a vertical dive. The second point relates to the wing bushes. They are far too short. Length over diameter is the rule for shaft bearings. Or you could have fitted three bushes. One in the centre of the craft and common to both canards and one adjacent to each wing root. If these two bushes were internally threaded , to fit the threaded shaft, the end location of the wing would have been achieved without binding or looseness.You simply arrange that at the maximum deflection of the wing, there is still an air gap between it and the fuselage. The small increase in air gap at the other extreme is insignificant. So no rubbing of the wing against the fuselage. Even under stress
A theory is method of predicting a reult fro a set of parameters, such that the result is ALWAYS correct, under all circumstances. If the result is not ALWAYS correct, then the theory is WRONG. If the theory is ALWAYS shown to be correct, it may be elevated to a Law. i.e, the Laws of Gravity, The Law of Conservation of Energy, the Inverse Square law, etc..
As to a theory in science being more robust than an inspired guess. If you remove the ;science' then you remove the 'inspired'. It becomes a mere guess, and has no validity.
If we take the plethora of climate models, as an example, they are ALL wrong, since they do not predict an actual result, even allowing for measurement and parameter errors. Using the Pythagorian Theorum you can predict the length of the hypotenuse of a right angled triangle, from the length of the other two sides. As anyone who used the early digital computers (eg Sinclair), you did not always get the result as predicted, but that di not invalidate the Theorum, but it has still to be accepted as a Law, despite a very elegant 'proof'.
Before you start thinking of caverns measureless to man. Let us put it all into perspective. The oceans have an average depth of about 5Km, and cover about two thirds of the surface. If we reduced the size of the Earth to that of a football, the oceans would be about twice the thickness of a human hair deep Three times that much would only increase that to four times the thickness of a hair (taking into account that the oceans do not cover the whole surface).
Added to that is the fact that we know almost nothing about the gross physica properties of water and rock at such temperatures and pressures. I have seen cubes of Galena (lead sulphide) grown entirely in solid limstone. And that formed at a depth of only a few miles
You have to remember that the theories of the scientific communities are almost always wrong. Sad but true (Just count them up), so these theories are just that. Inspired guesses.
That you can fool all the people, some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time. All you need, in the American sense is to have the second category over fifty percent of the population. As seems to be the case. The third option, that you cannot fool all the people all the time, becomes less likely as time goes by.
Sadly, the Laws of the Land are what the goverment says they are. Not what, logically, they should be. I could quote you beeelions of examples.
It looks a nice piece of kit Shame about the MS operating system. If I ask nicely, do you think they'd put a proper OS on the thing?
I disagree. I feel that the Psion PDA family peaked at the 3mx (and not the rubber covered one!). The 5 had a number of significant problems. The structure was weak and easily broken and the battery life was pants compared to that of the 3 series. For versatility, give me the 3. Iknow from where I speak. I introduced the psion into the company I worked for, and arranged the purchase of all the Psion's that came into it. One persistent complaint was that people went on holiday. When they came back, both batteries were flat and all data gone. But only with the 5
The obvious snag here, of just doing what you're best at, is that, yes, the costs do fall and profits rise. But ulimately someone who has spent the money comes along and takes the whole market. It happened with NCR (Natrional Cash Register) they stayed with mechanical systems, which they had developed to perfection. When along came the digital age and they had no experience or expertise. Straight down the plughole.
There used to be a saying, in Poland, I believe, which went. "In America everything is permitted except that which is forbidden. In Poland, everthing is forbidden except that which is permitted." It's just another country jumping on the bandwagon of State control, .
Is it a portent that the link to the "closed Beta" brings up the following ?
Firefox can't find the server at www.streem.com%e2%80%9d.
It rather sounds a tad more comfortable than doing the same trip tourist class on the worlds airlines. At least you son't have to queue for the loo.
Three times as light as? Can you actually say that?